November 18, 2009

Holiday "Jam"

Well girls, Thanksgiving is one week from today--as if you didn't already know that. In an ongoing effort to assist the Clever Hostesses of the world, we offer a recipe that's sure to please, tastes delicious, and looks like great effort was put forth--yet is SUPER simple. If you can hold a spoon, you can make this recipe. Seriously.

Rich, creamy goat cheese pairs perfectly with the ripe pears, tart cranberries and sweet raspberries in our favorite Stonewall Kitchen Holiday Jam, and the little hint of orange liqueur flavor in the jam adds a wonderful richness. Make this and you'll instantly become a superhero hostess. Grab the little tart shells as you do your Thanksgiving Day preparation, and pop in to pick up some of this oh-so-tasty-jam here at Clever Girl. Chill a nice bottle of Riesling and let the good times roll. Trust us--you'll be a holiday hero!

Fruit & Goat Cheese Mini Tarts
Makes 30 mini tarts
3 oz. mild goat cheese
5 Tbsp. Holiday Jam
30 mini phyllo shells

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Fill each phyllo shell with 1/2 teaspoon of goat cheese and top with 1/2 teaspoon of Holiday Jam
Bake until filling is hot, 8-10 minutes

November 10, 2009

Here we go again...

Oops, I did it again. Yes, yet another copy of Pride and Prejudice has been added to my collection. But really, how could I be expected to resist this cover? I was just milling about in a book stall, at O'hare Airport of all places, when this caught my eye. Ruben Toledo has done the artwork, and it perfectly captures Elizabeth Bennet's rejection of Mr. Darcy. Toledo has done drawings for Harper's Bazaar and Vogue among others, and I just LOVE what he's done here. If you don't have our dear Jane on your bookshelf, you're in for one of the best stories ever told. Get this book!!!
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